It’s common after some surgeries around the pelvic area for individuals to experience pelvic floor dysfunction and pain. Pelvic floor physical therapy can help to reduce pain, improve function, and enhance the overall quality of life following surgery.
At Beyond Basics, we take a holistic approach to post operative care and support for our patients. We strive to restore your optimal health and wellness.
Post Surgical Services We Provide
Below are some examples of post-surgical services we can provide:
- Post-abdominal Surgery Care (including hernia surgery or endometriosis excision surgery)
- Pelvic Surgery Care
- Post-Prostatectomy Care
- Postpartum C-Section Recovery
- After Hip Labral Tear Repair
- Hip Replacement Surgery Care
- Scar Mobilization
- And more
Benefits of Receiving Post Surgical Services
By regularly visiting a physical therapist after surgery, individuals can experience a variety of benefits in their overall recovery process, including (but not limited to):
- Reduced pain (whether you are experiencing severe pain or mild pain)
- Increased comfort
- Improved quality of life
- Relying less on pain medication and other pain relievers
- Learn pain management techniques
- Potentially improved outcomes with recovery
- Improved healing process
- Reduced chance of blood clots
- Reduced scarring
- Increased strength and mobility
- Reduced tension from tight muscles
- Reduced chance of surgical complications
- Improved function
- Increased blood circulation, which promotes healing
- Potentially return more quickly to your normal routine
- Restore optimal whole-body performance
How Can Pelvic Floor Therapy Help After Surgery?
Individuals who have recently undergone abdominal or pelvic surgeries can greatly benefit from pelvic floor physical therapy. The pelvic floor muscles are located between the tailbone and the pubic bone. After some surgeries, patients can experience pelvic floor dysfunction presenting as tightness or laxity, weakness, or limited muscle coordination, leading to a variety of uncomfortable symptoms.
Pelvic floor therapy can help address the mobility, strength, and function of these muscles, resulting in better outcomes from surgery and diminished symptoms. It can also often help speed up the recovery process so that individuals can resume normal activities more quickly than if they were not receiving physical therapy after a surgical procedure.
For example, for those who have undergone abdominal surgeries, your pelvic floor physical therapist can help you regain core strength and stability, improve bladder and bowel function, and reduce pain post-surgery. By using a combination of manual therapy, biofeedback, exercises and relaxation techniques, pain can be reduced and overall quality of life can be improved.
For individuals who have had a C-section, pelvic floor physical therapy can provide pain management techniques for reducing pain and sensitivity from the incision while also addressing abdominal muscle strength.
What To Expect
During Your Initial Appointment
During your first appointment, our team at Beyond Basics will begin by asking questions in order to learn more about you and provide us with the context we need to understand any symptoms you are experiencing, including any sexual symptoms. We’ll then conduct a physical exam, which is a hands-on evaluation from head to toe, based on your symptoms. This might involve evaluating external and internal pelvic floor muscles, with the purpose being to trace your issue to its source(s) in order to alleviate pain and discomfort.
These internal manual techniques are applied to the structures of the pelvis. This includes the pelvic floor muscles, nerves, and bones. We want you to be as comfortable as possible during the session – you have the right to refuse any treatment at any time without explanation. Your PT will also provide you with exercises to begin at home to address your symptoms and ease your pain. These at-home exercises are customized specifically based on your needs.
During Your Additional Appointments
Each pelvic floor physical therapy appointment is one hour long. Your physical therapist might spend that time performing manual therapy, teaching you movement techniques and exercises, discussing your progress, answering questions, providing patient education and reviewing your at-home program. Most individuals notice an improvement in symptoms within 8 weeks (or sooner).
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Beyond Basics: We Can Help
At Beyond Basics, we are committed to treating pelvic floor issues with sensitivity to each individual’s needs, regardless of sex, race, identity, age, or orientation – we treat the whole person with a comprehensive, caring biopsychosocial approach.
Since 2003, Beyond Basics has been a place of hope and healing for our patients. We believe skilled and compassionate healing can restore your body’s harmony and balance. Founder, Amy Stein, and co-founder, Corey Hazama are renowned experts and leaders in pelvic floor PT.
The skilled physical therapists at Beyond Basics receive extensive training to qualify them to be the world’s leaders in pelvic floor rehabilitation. All of our therapists have been carefully selected to work at Beyond Basics because they possess the right expertise, kindness, and empathy to allow them to excel at our practice. Our therapists have completed hundreds of additional hours outside of their doctorates both internally and externally through institutes such as Herman and Wallace and the American Physical Therapy Association, to help hone their practice and provide exceptional treatment efficiently and compassionately. In addition to being the world’s first and foremost experts in pelvic floor dysfunction, our individual therapists have cultivated additional skills unique to their own personal interests. Read more about each one of our therapists here
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